ADOBE - ONE GREAT WAY TO CREATE TIMELESS ARCHITECTURE

“a home should have a warming effect on ones life” - Georgia O’Keeffe (1887 - 1986)

Africa? Greece? Spain? Mexico?

When I look at Georgia O'Keeffe's 1945 Abiquiu house in New Mexico, I notice how similar techniques and beauty are all over the world.  One way in creating timeless beauty is to stay as close as possible to what nature offers us to work with, and in fact...it's a very simple way!  This 1940's adobe house is ageless, beautiful and of a warming minimalism.
  
                    
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It's good to reflect from time to time on our own personal values, ALSO when it comes to what we allow to surround us in our homes.  Picking colours and textiles to create a home is a very personal thing and there is are some basic rules to keep in mind:
Does it reflect who I am? Does it add to my well being? Does it make me happy?

This home might not be your thing but to me, it shows how timeless architecture can be.



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5 ETHNIC CHIC HOTELS - WAKING UP TO TRIBAL SOUNDS


One of the things I like to do most here in Morocco is visiting riads. I just never seem to get enough of the feeling I get when entering a door in the medina. The surprise when you come into that courtyard!  Some of these hotels are so beautiful that I've started sorting them in my 3 favourite styles. 
Let's look into one of these categories today!

Ethnic, Tribal Chic is for sure the one that appeals to a very large group of travellers here in Africa. Sometimes I see it mentioned as new bohemian. It has nothing with bohemian but everything with a history that in most of the cases relates to Africa. The tribes and the beautiful handcraft mastered by them that we still enjoy nowadays.

My favourite ones, among many others all over Morocco,  I've listed here for you. Have a look!


                    
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Riad Palacio de las Especias.

riad palacio de las Especias, Marrakech. Ethnic chic

What a name! And what a dream! The perfect picture. When entering the door you know, you're here for an African experience.
Moroccan Ethnic chic mixed with Andalusian flair. It's like a flashback several decades in time. You feel the history of a town that was invaded by so many tribes and had been put under foreign leadership more than once. All because of its importance, connecting the other side of the High Atlas with the rest of the world.  The Tribal routes and Caravans that came across the mountains, ready and eager to trade their products here.
If you want to experience all of that, you will like this riad a lot!

Address: 35 Derb Sidi Bou Amar, Marrakesh 40000, Morocco - Phone: +212 5243-75314

Berber Lodge.

Berber Lodge, Marrakech. Ethnic chic


Traditional Berber building techniques - earth bricks, wooden beams of palm tree and eucalyptus.  Tastefully combined with low key country chic décor, rattan, vintage fabrics from Morocco and abroad, with tadelakt and marble bathrooms adding the requisite amount of luxury.
Implement this in a countryside that is among my favourites when out and around Marrakech.  Berber Lodge is a beautiful answer to a need to combine authentic charm with the luxury of simplicity and silence.

Less is a lot more here! 

Address: Douar Oumnes, Tamesloth, Marrakesh 40000, Morocco - Phone: 00 212 6 71 08 36

Bliss Riad.

Bliss riad, Marrakech. Ethnic chic

A late evening while wandering home, I passed the old door that I had passed a million times.  This evening, however, it was different. Through the slightly open door, I noticed a most wonderful patio. I could not stop myself from staring at all this beauty and the magical light that came from within. Too late I noticed someone had seen me and asked if I wanted to have a closer look. Thinking I had been gazing into a private home I felt uncomfortable. Can you imagine how excited I was, finding out that this was a soon to be opened riad!

It is really the best location I can think of. In the heart of the Medina, between Mouassine, Dar el Bacha and Riad Laarouse. Close to all my favourite shops, opposite to my favorite hide away and right next to the perfect sunset rooftop in town!
You can't wish for anything more when in Marrakesh!! 

Address: 182 Rue Mouassine, Dar El Bacha, Medina, Marrakesh 40000, Morocco - Phone: +(212) 6 15 31 20 49


Villa Maroc.

Villa Maroc, Essaouira. Ethnic chic

Many years after setting the trend, not only in Essaouira but in the whole of Morocco, this grand old lady still rocks.  Villa Maroc is not just a riad, it was the first riad in Essaouira, and I'm proud to say that this little town was THE trendsetter for this kind of lodging. turning beautiful old houses into guest accommodations.
There are only a few hotels that have the 'finesse' of staying hip and trendy during such a long time while benefitting of a well-routined team with a service of a level to set an example for many.

Experience the real thing when you want to know what Ethnic chic is about!

Address: 10 Rue Abdellah Ben Yassine, Medina, Essaouira 44000, Morocco - Phone: +(212) 5 24 47 31 47


Riad Baladin.

Riad Baladin, Essaouira. Ethnic chic

Yes please, let's stay in cool Essaouira and explore some more hotels here!
Besides their website that needs an update to reflect what they stand for, riad Baladin is absolutely worth to consider when staying in our Ocean town!
White, wood and airy! That's exactly what it's all about in Essaouira and that's also what it's all about in riad Baladin.


Address: Rue Sidi Magdoul 9 - 44000 Essaouira, Morocco - Phone: +212 (0) 661 604 504

  
5 Columns.


I know, we said 5, but we like to put in an outsider that's really worth mentioning :).

Riad 5 Columns is a house in Essaouira that you can rent for your holidays.  Not really a Bed and Breakfast 'rent a room' but soo beautiful and featured in so many photo shoots that I thought this one should be among our favourites too.

Photographer Pauline Arcklin did a great job, capturing the house and its soul on photos.

Address: 90 Rue Moulay Ismail - 44000 Essaouira, Morocco


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TRIBES ARE INVADING URBAN EUROPE

interior styling, tribal chic, ethnic chic, zoco home

There used to be times when Scandinavian guys in huge boats traveled down south. Rumours in Essaouira go that they made it all the way down here!
The policy of the Vikings was simple: conquer and rule, and they were pretty good in this.😕
 
                    
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Nowadays a much more subtle invasion is taking place and we're happy to say that it comes from mother Africa and is slowly but steadily invading Europe.  No violence when it comes to the Urban Tribal wave that is softening the cold Scandinavian design.

We mega love this and it seems like a match made in heaven!  What we also love are brands that take things seriously and have a plan. The most beautiful items are selected and they create a style that works!

This week we focus on Zoco Home, Moroccan Ethnic chic for home decorating in Europe. But thanks to their online store available everywhere. 
A beautiful online store and loads of inspiration on the site!

Have a look at what we like and then, go and discover it all online at Zoco Home.

Enjoy

Bedroom inspiration: 

 

interior styling, tribal chic, ethnic chic, zoco home

interior styling, tribal chic, ethnic chic, zoco home

interior styling, tribal chic, ethnic chic, zoco home

Bathroom inspiration: 

 

interior styling, tribal chic, ethnic chic, zoco home

interior styling, tribal chic, ethnic chic, zoco home

 

Kitchen inspiration: 

 

interior styling, tribal chic, ethnic chic, zoco home

interior styling, tribal chic, ethnic chic, zoco home


interior styling, tribal chic, ethnic chic, zoco home

Livingroom inspiration:


interior styling, tribal chic, ethnic chic, zoco home

interior styling, tribal chic, ethnic chic, zoco home


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COUNTRYSIDE GENT - COCO-MOROCCO WILL BE THERE

Country side Gent, coco-morocco

An impression of what we will have in our trunk!
Think Ethnic chic and Urban Tribes.
Think original handmade products.
Think unique pieces.
We come, we sell and we go. No stock, no leftovers. Everything shipped directly from the producers to Gent and total on trend from what's in right now!

The 'theme' we have chosen is trendy and taking over the world, 'Ethnic Chic and Urban Tribes'.  Focussing on trendy hipsters, citizens of a world who value authenticity and who are willing to add an original, edgy and unique element to their interior to stand out in stead of fitting in.

We also embrace imperfection!  Meaning that a size is an indication, that a colour may shift a little. All this because we work with REAL HUMAN BEINGS and that, besides the fact that they work from their heart and with their guts, there is always the personal touch.
We will try to keep you posted with photos on our producers!

Think not too much, just come and enjoy some Moroccan tribal spirit straight to you from the local market.
Take a chance to meet us and get on site advice for your interior.

COUNTRYSIDE GENT: November 1 - 5

Welcome to join our competition at our stand!

Country side Gent, coco-morocco
Tribal woven black white brown clothing (pieces of variable size)
Country side Gent, coco-morocco
pomponblankets in pure wool - palmleaf lamps - palmleaf baskets. Picture  Tine k Home
Country side Gent, coco-morocco
wool pomponblankets and cotton pomponblankets in 2 sizes starting from 120 euro. Picture  Zoco Home
Country side Gent, coco-morocco

wool pomponblankets and cotton pomponblankets in 2 sizes starting from 120 euro. Picture Tine k Home
Country side Gent, coco-morocco
palmleaf baskets and hammam towels.
Country side Gent, coco-morocco
palmleaf hanging baskets. Picture Tine k Home
Country side Gent, coco-morocco
small kitchen ware. Picture Tine k Home
Countryside Gent, coco-morocco
Country side Gent, coco-morocco
palmtree ladders. Picture Tine k Home

Country side Gent, coco-morocco
wool pomponblankets and cotton pomponblankets in 2 sizes starting from 120 euro. Picture Tine k Home


Country side Gent, coco-morocco
palmleaf carpets. Picture Zoco Home

Country side Gent, coco-morocco
tribal carpets in earth tones starting from 500 Euro. Picture Zoco Home
Country side Gent, coco-morocco
and more small ethnic gifts. Picture Zoco Home



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EID MUBARAK KAREEM from ESSAOUIRA


The day of Eid, to me is a day of contemplation.
A day of trust and love, that all that is, is there because of a reason.

It's my fifth celebration already and I think it's the only day a year that I keep doors and windows closed.
Although I love the meaning of this day, I have a hard time coping with the fires, the smoke that covers the sky from around 11 a.m.
The smell of burnt meat is even harder to take.

Last year I wondered around in the empty Medina, discovering the beauty of it on a day when there is not a single soul in sight.
This year, I decided to stay in (which is very hard because I love the outside).
I decided to look for a way to share my gratitude for being here.  A way to share the love for the country and its people.

And so I made a small video of moments where I felt overwhelmed with gratitude and abundance in my home. 

Seth Godin - “Instead of wondering when your next vacation is, maybe you should set up a life you don't need to escape from.”

I think I did!


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